The 2017-18 season will start a new chapter for the Appalachian State field hockey team. App State director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Tuesday the team’s acceptance to become a Mid-American Conference affiliate.
Previously, the Mountaineers had competed in the Northern Pacific Field Hockey conference before it disbanded after the 2014-15 season. The team will play this coming season, just as it did for the 2015-16 campaign, as a Division I independent.
Commissioner of the MAC Jon A. Steinbrecher added that Appalachian State is a wonderful institution, and he looks forward to its association with the MAC.
“We are thrilled to join the Mid-American Conference as an associate member,” Gillin said. “Joining the MAC is a great development for Appalachian State field hockey.”
Other field hockey teams in the MAC conference currently include: Miami (Ohio), Kent State, Central Michigan, Ohio State, Ball State, Missouri State and Longwood. Appalachian State’s final RPI after the 2015 season was 63, which would have been fourth in the eight-team conference last season.
“We are ecstatic to be joining the Mid-American Conference as an affiliate member in 2017,” field hockey head coach Meghan Dawson said. “The MAC has great universities, coaches and student-athletes that we are looking forward to competing against each year. It is a competitive field hockey conference that will help us continue to develop our field hockey program, both academically and athletically.”
Story by: Colin Tate, Sports Reporter